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4 Most Popular Holistic Therapy Treatments of the Last Decade

Holistic therapy, also known as “complementary” or “alternative” medicine (CAM), can be a controversial subject. Many people believe that holistic therapies are not of any use with no real benefits. 

The truth is, while these therapies are not backed with concrete scientific evidence, they do help millions each year with various health issues from headaches to the side effects of cancer. It appears that holistic therapies have also increased in popularity throughout the last decade with more people looking for an alternative to conventional medicine which may have failed to help them so far. 

Here are the 4 most popular holistic therapy treatments of the last decade.

1. Chiropractic 

Chiropractors help millions all over the world each year with their various back problems. However, there is no science that backs any of the methods used by chiropractors. The rise in chiropractor popularity is mainly down to the modern lifestyles we lead. Many of us are chained to a desk five days of each and every week. This has led to epidemics in back and posture issues, some of which can be very serious to the person’s overall health and wellbeing.

Chiropractors offer a holistic approach that ditches the copious amounts of painkillers and prescription drugs offered up by doctors. Instead, a chiropractor will try to understand what changes in your life or habits are creating the pain and dealing with each one. 

A chiropractor may ask you about your personal life, recent changes in your life, emotional issues and any added stress you may be experiencing. This helps them to find the core problem to help rectify the issue completely, not just numb the pain. 

2.  Acupuncture

There is no doubt you will have seen acupuncture being performed on TV or in movies. This is the process of adding extremely thin needles into a person’s body to help treat a number of health issues. 

Acupuncture was born in ancient China and is still widely used by millions across the world. Practitioners of acupuncture claim that this holistic treatment can treat any number of health issues including:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic pains including head, shoulder, and neck
  • Joint pains
  • Dental pains
  • Postoperative pains

An example could be a patient who has recently had silver free tooth fillings but is now experiencing a number of pains in their mouth. An acupuncturist would try to eliminate the pain by finding areas of the body that need ‘rebalancing’. Acupuncture is based on the principle that our body is one energy and the cause of most pain is an imbalance of this energy. The needles, when placed in the correct places, should remove the pain for the patient. 

Millions of people have successful acupuncture treatments every year despite the treatment having no scientific grounding.

3. CBD Oil

If you haven’t yet heard of CBD Oil then you must have been living under a rock in 2019. The latest buzz in natural medicine if the concentrated extract of cannabinoids from the hemp plant known as, CBD oil. Millions of people all over the world are experiencing phenomenal benefits from the oil including help with pain relief, anxiety, stress, acne, inflammation, nausea, asthma, insomnia, epilepsy, concentration, and muscle recovery.

Following the relaxed legislation of cannabis medicines in 2018, markets all over the world have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for CBD oil. People that have struggled with severe pains all their life are finally finding relief thanks to CBD oil. 

As research continues to back the product and it’s health benefits, doctors and other health professionals are now suggesting CBD oil to their patients. It’s expected that the demand for CBD oil will continue to grow exponentially in the new decade. 

4. Reflexology

Reflexology is another ancient Chinese treatment which is becoming popular again. Reflexology is based on the principle that areas of our body are all connected to reflex points in our hands, feet, and head. By rebalancing the body’s energy, much like acupuncture, practitioners of reflexology claim they can restore a person’s health and boost their wellbeing. 

Reflexology involves the manipulation of the reflex points through massage and micromovement techniques. Depending on the health issue of the patient, the practitioner will decide on which parts of the body require massage. It’s thought that different body parts help different organs and muscles of the body. For example, the right foot influences the organs. The treatment is also thought to improve blood flow and oxygenation around the body which helps the performance of vital organs. 

Those that claim reflexology has helped improve their health condition were most commonly suffering from: 

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 
  • Back, shoulder and head pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Respiratory issues
  • Immune system issues
  • Hormonal imbalances

Reflexology is also becoming an increasingly popular treatment for dealing with the side effects of cancer, most notably that of breast cancer for women.  

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Hello, Friends! I am pretty excited, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Are you hosting the big dinner this year? There are many eco-friendly ways to green your Thanksgiving dinner – all of which are easier to implement if you plan ahead. Many of these ideas will save you money and time while cutting down on the amount of waste that can accumulate from a big family dinner. Read on to learn my 5 favorite eco-friendly ways to plan your Thanksgiving dinner and start planning today!

1. Decorating 101
You don’t have to spend any money when decorating for Thanksgiving, instead use items that you already have or consider bringing natural items indoors. We always have a handful of pumpkins leftover from Halloween that we use as Thanksgiving decorations. And Eben and I like to take a nature walk to collect natural elements (pine-cones, acorns, branches and leaves) to display as our Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

2. How Much is Enough?
It is really easy to go overboard when planning the Thanksgiving menu. Consider the dishes that you will be serving and ask yourself if you are making more than is necessary. Choose a few dishes that you are sure your guests will love and skip the rest. Also, consider which parts of Thanksgiving dinner you want to or can afford to purchase organic and whenever possible, avoid pre-packaged items.

3. Consider the Table
Do you have enough dinnerware for everyone in your dinner party? If not, consider borrowing place settings from close friends or family members instead of purchasing new. If you aren’t a china and tablecloth kind of family and choose to go with disposable place settings, choose a great compostable version that is made from 100% recycled materials.

4. Think Seasonal
When choosing fruits and vegetables for your Thanksgiving menu, think seasonal. You want to avoid purchasing produce that are imported from far away. You may consider joining a local CSA for the holiday season – not only will you have delicious, local foods to serve this Thanksgiving, but you will be supporting a local farm too.

5. Plan for Leftovers
What do you plan to do with the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers? If you are planning on sending goodies home with your guests, have glass resuable storage containers ready to go. If you made more than your family can consume, you could donate some of the leftovers to a local food bank, freeze them for later or have a menu plan for the days after Thanksgiving so all of the leftovers will be used.

How do you green your Thanksgiving dinner? I would love to hear – please share your thoughts in the comments!

How to Make Simple Upcycled Halloween Lanterns

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One of my favorite areas to decorate for Halloween is our front porch. It’s the perfect spot to share your Halloween decorations with visitors and neighbors! These painted glass lanterns are one of my favorite projects to pull out of storage every year. They are just so delightful!

What you will need:

What to do:

1. Spray the glass containers inside and outside.
2. Once dry, paint on the design or face that you would like.
3. Place a rechargeable or solar powered tea light inside.
4. Watch the delight on the faces of your neighbors as they walk by.

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What do you think of my Halloween lanterns?

How to Make Oven Roasted Organic Pumpkin Seeds

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Have you carved your pumpkins yet? We carved ours last night. Eben’s favorite part was scooping out the pumpkin goop with his bare hands. We saved all of the pumpkin seeds, washed and dried them, then baked them in the oven with a little bit of olive oil and sea salt. Yum. Do you roast the seeds from your pumpkins?
If not, you should give it a try. Here are our 6 easy steps:
1- Scoop the pumpkin goop.
2- Rinse and dry the pumpkin seeds.
3- Mix the pumpkin seeds with a generous amount of olive oil and sea salt.
4- Spread the pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet.
5- Bake at 300° for  30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6- Enjoy while you catch up on your favorite fall sitcom.

7 Sustainable Ways to Welcome Fall with Your Family

7 Sustainable Ways to Welcome Fall with Your Family Jennie Lyon

Fall is my favorite time of year, it seems like we start to slow-down as family and spend more time reconnecting with each other. Since the days get shorter and it gets dark outside so much earlier, we really focus that time on family time. This is the time of year that our bowl on the dinner table gets filled with card games and brain teasers, and our nightly dinners get dragged out by long conversations and hot steamy beverages for dessert!

It is also the perfect opportunity to go green together as a family. To get you in the autumn mood, while getting your excited about sustainability, check out my 7 favorite eco-friendly ways to welcome fall.

1. Make it Family Dinner Night
One of my favorite fall family traditions is to have make-your-own organic pizza night a few times a month. There is something fun about kneading the dough, cutting up vegetables and pulling hot vegetarian pizza’s from the oven. We like to make ours look like sweet, smiling faces and it always ends in a night of laughter and fun!

2. Green Your Overall Health
Fall is the perfect time to amp up your healthy lifestyle before winter hits – because with winter comes sniffles, colds and the flu. You can start by boosting your immunity, packing healthy, organic school lunches, adding some super-foods to your marketing list and by doing a whole-body cleanse. You want to stay healthy through all of the fun fall and winter holidays, right?

3. With Fall comes Leaves, Lots of Them
When it comes to the leaves that fall in your yard, the way that you dispose of them can have a huge impact on the environment. The best options would be to mulch them and use them as ground cover for your garden. The worse option would be to blow them around with a noisy, emission polluting leaf blower. If you want to have fun with leaves, consider making leaf prints for your family room or you can always jump in piles of them.

4. Enjoy Your Natural Environment
One of my favorite ways to enjoy a lovely fall day with my family is by taking a bike ride. In fact, I think we should take our bicycles on our fall family trip to this year. Another fun thing to do this time of year is to visit your local botanical garden – you could try one of these surprising ways to make it a day of full of fall fun.

5. Prepare for Winter
Before you know it, winter will be here – and fall is the perfect time to prepare. When we lived in Colorado, I liked to stock up on non-perishable organic goods so we didn’t have to go marketing as often. It is also a great time to weather-proof your doors, windows and prepare your garden for the cold, winter ahead. I also like to think of fun ways to cozy up our home – this usually means bringing out stacks of books, blankets and pillows and sipping hot organic tea and cocoa.

6. Green Your Halloween
Whether you are making plans to make your own Halloween costumes, decorations or you want to turn your home into the ultimate eco-friendly haunted house– now is the time to get started. We like to scour our local thrift stores and tag sales for fantastic Halloween decor well before the holiday. It always gets us in the mood for Halloween and when the holiday actual gets here, we are completely ready!

7. Go Local 
In Florida, our farmer’s market season starts at the beginning of October – which is the perfect time to stock up on those yummy fall vegetables. I love when the mister whips up a batch of one of his fantastic soups during the fall months using local vegetables from the farmer’s market. And pumpkins from the farmer’s market, oh my, they are my favorite. If you live in a cooler climate that doesn’t offer a farmer’s market during fall, consider joining your local food co-op.

How do you welcome fall with your family?